Marking both the official launch of TechCube and holding the Edinburgh Startups Christmas party on the same evening, the team at Summerhall knew that they had to put on a party to remember! Never a group to shy away from a good shindig, the PufferTeam once again wheeled some of our kit along to contribute to the party atmosphere…
Initially using our TwitterSphere application during the launch presentations, we displayed messages from the great and the good of the switched on Edinburgh Twitterati, adding to the already buzzing techy atmosphere.
The evening then rolled seamlessly into the Edinburgh Startups Christmas Party, giving a chance for the hardworking creative businesses to take some time out, eat, drink and be merry! Getting into the party spirit we used an interactive 2m PufferSphere XL unit to show off our playful side. Filled with spinning TechCubes, guests were invited to explode the logos as they flew past, turning into somewhat of a competitive challenge as the attendees became less inhibited!
Even before the official launch, there was already good reason for the team at TechCube to party. Able to boast 17 businesses who have already taken office space in the Tech Tower, they are well on their way to creating the thriving creative hub they envisage.
Sphere & Interactive Application Design: PUFFERFISH [pufferfishdisplays.co.uk]
Edinburgh TechCube [techcu.be/]
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Fresh after completing one museum installation on our doorstep, our next job could hardly have been further away. Hopping on a plane and flying across the world we swapped Edinburgh for Kuala Lumpur to install our first tablet controlled permanent display.
The client this time was Bank Negara Malaysia, the Central Bank of Malaysia, who have recently designed and built a museum and art gallery within their new headquarters. Looking for a museum piece equally as exciting and intriguing as their new building, they came across Pufferfish and were interested to know what we could provide for their space.
The Bank wanted to create an intuitive global visulisation allowing visitors to explore the world of Islamic Finance. The system should invite users to navigate the globe themselves via a touch screen display. The software must also be updatable, allowing the Bank to add new points of interest and stories to keep the display current. Utilising a bespoke 1.5m HardBall sphere coupled with an iPad and audio system, we proposed hanging a PufferSphere M system from the ceiling in the centre of the room – creating the impression of a floating planet.
Placed in the Islamic Finance Gallery, the floating sphere was transformed from passive video player into an interactive exhibit via the iPad control. Users can rotate the globe by simply moving their finger across the flat map displayed on the iPad, and can select hotspots which trigger full sphere video focuses on specific regions, allowing them to explore areas of the world where Islamic Finance operates.
Sphere & Interactive Application Design: PUFFERFISH [pufferfishdisplays.co.uk]
BANK NATIONAL NEGARA: [bnm.gov.my/]
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We’re no strangers to getting on planes, and we’re lucky enough for our work to take us around the world, but even with all of this travel, the world of private jets remained untouched territory up until now…
Working with aviation maestros Embraer Executive Jets, globally headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, we can now claim that Pufferfish has very much touched the industry, or more accurately, that the industry has touched Pufferfish.
Seeking an intuitive format to demonstrate to clients the range circles and capabilities of their jets, ‘Embraer Executive Jets’ asked Pufferfish to design and build an interactive application which would not only grab attention in a busy trade show hall, but also change the way that their clients viewed their range data.
Using a PufferSphere M600 interactive unit, users are able to interact with a branded digital globe. Free to spin on any axis, the user is then able to touch one of 20 points located at major cities around the world and in doing so call up a menu displaying the seven executive jets Embraer Executive Jets has to offer.
Once the user selects their jet of choice, a calculated range circle develops from the city chosen detailing just how far you can fly. A multi-layered design of the application enables a user to select and review all seven range circles from their chosen cities helping them visualise and understand the capabilities of the Embraer Executive Jets aircraft.
Not simply a trade show tool, in its down time the sphere is made to work just as hard as one of the jets it sells. Placed in the marketing suite of the Florida headquarters, the PufferSphere is a digital ambassador for the Embraer Executive Jets brand providing the same qualities in HQ as it does out on the road.
EMBRAER EXECUTIVE JETS: [embraerexecutivejets.com]
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When you can create an interactive digital world, then the real world becomes your oyster. At least that’s what we felt when we jetted into stylish Paris to work with naval defence experts DCNS.
Using our PufferSphere M600 display to create a digital interactive globe, DCNS invited users to explore touch points around the globe calling up data on the vessels, facilities and personnel present in each region. Giving guests the opportunity to gain their own understanding of the scale and scope of DCNS’s global operations, each hotspot opened up a browseable cover-flow, inviting guests to discover the company’s global reach.
Few visitors to the stand could resist reaching out and touching the sphere to see what it would do, with the magnetic nature of the display as an object leading them onward to discover services and products whilst rewarding their natural curiosity!
Thanks to our ever brilliant German partners Satis&Fy for providing the sphere and to Empriente Digitale for commissioning the application on behalf of DCNS.
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Becoming accustomed to flying over to the other side of the world to install our shiny video balls; changing time zones, watches and projector timers accordingly it was a refreshing adjustment to do an installation a little closer to home…
Having the opportunity to install one of our displays at our favourite Edinburgh museum, the National Museum of Scotland, was an enormous thrill for the Pufferfish team. We’re no strangers to high profile museum projects, but to have one we can visit every weekend with friends and family makes this installation all the more special.
Fittingly for a museum in a city which was home to the genesis of modern geology, the 1.6m PufferSphere XL forms the focal point of an exhibition area titled ‘Our Restless Earth’, where it is used to display continental drifts, tectonic plate movements, rock formations and volcanism over time; much to the delight of visiting children who seem to digest the information best by running around the sphere!
It is no surprise to us that after the £47 million refurbishment of the museum, it has since become the UK’s most visited attraction outside of London with a huge increase of 141% in visitor numbers.
This makes us very proud, not just to have been involved in an installation on our doorstep, but also with such a prestigious museum. Never shy in showing off our kit, we have taken to encouraging friends, clients and partners to visit the museum whenever they are in Edinburgh, asking them to spot our sphere amongst a host of other treasures.
Thanks go to the team at ISO design for creating the informative content for our sphere, the Atlas AV team for their integration and all of the wonderful team at NMS.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND: [nms.ac.uk/]
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